gone wild

William Salmon william.salmon at YALE.EDU
Mon May 1 15:05:25 UTC 2006

A friend referred to a grossly overspellchecked paragraph as
?spellcheck gone wild?.  It?s interesting the amount of use of 'X
gone wild' I have been seeing lately.  I assume this is at least in part
due the publicity received by the Girls Gone Wild spring break videos in
the last few years.

Google provides: weeds gone wild, roads gone wild, Bush kids gone wild,
divas gone wild, feminist gone wild, neo-Cons gone wild, generals gone

The OED provides a 1960 example of a predator of rabbits as ?gone-wild
cats?.  Presumably not the same usage.


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